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IPID ICT4D News Digest Nr. 06/2012

E-mail sent by M Sirajul Islam, Tuesday, 3rd April 2012 @ 1:02pm

[Apologies for potential cross postings. Archived news digests can be found at http://groupspaces.com/ipid/emails/  and at http://www.electronicgovernment.se/ipid/archived/]
 

IPID sponsored events  


Call for paper : IPID ICT4D Annual Symposium 2012 & Travel grants
5th - 6th Sept, 2012, Kristiansand, Norway
Deadline for paper submission : June 15, 2012 (However, those who need travel visa, please submit your paper as soon as possible) 
Travel scholarships are available for the authors with accepted papers.

URL:groupspaces.com/ipid/item/229187
Postgraduate (PhD and masters) students doing research in ICT4D are most welcome to attend this symposium. Please note that this event will be held in parallel to IFIP eGov/ePart conference 2012 .

Call for registration: IPID  workshop on ’Scientific Writing and Publishing’ & Travel Scholarship
3rd May, 2012, Thursday, 13:15 -16:00 
Örebro University, Örebro, Sweden
Registration deadline: April 20, 2012
URL:
groupspaces.com/ipid/emails/221444
We are happy to invite you to attend an interactive half-day workshop on ’Scientific Writing and Publishing’. This workshop is expected to focus on contemporary issues on writing scientific papers and publications that would benefit especially the young scholars in ICT4D research. To register your interest, please send an e-mail to M. Sirajul Islam <sirajul.islam@oru.se> by the 20th April 2012.  There is no registration or attendance fee. IPID will only sponsor IPID-members that are affiliated to a SPIDER  affiliated Swedish Universities with up to 700 SEK for travels related expenses.  Please note that at the end of the workshop, all participants will be given ‘Certificate of attendance’.


Call for papers/Chapters/ Conferences/workshops/Symposiums/Participation  

3rd International Conference on Research in ICT for Human Development
Themes: Sustainability, Maintenance and Operation models for Rural telemedicine networks
2 - 4 July 2012  Cuzco, Peru
Deadline for request for participation : April 30 2012.
URL:
http://www.tsc.urjc.es/jornadastic4dh/en

SIG GlobDev First Pre- ECIS Workshop
Theme: ICT and Sustainable Development
Barcelona, Spain, June 10th, 2012
Submission Deadline:  April 22nd, 2012
URL: http://www.globdev.org

6th International Conference on Theory and Practice of Electronic Governance (ICEGOV2012)
22 - 25 October 2012, Albany, New York, USA
Submission Deadline: April 16, 2012 (extended)
URL: www.icegov.org

mLearn 2012
17-18 October 2012, Helsinki,Finland
Submission deadline : 30 April 2012
URL: http://portal.ou.nl/en/web/mlearn-2012/call-for-workshops-and-tutorials

11th  European Conference one-Learning (ECEL 2012)
26-27 October 2012 University of Groningen, The Netherlands
Submission deadline :7th April 2012
URL: http://academic-conferences.org/ecel/ecel2012/ecel12-call-papers.htm

World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Forum 2012
14 May 2012 - 18 May 2012 Geneva, Switzerland
URL: http://groups.itu.int/wsis-forum2012/Home.aspx

2012 International Development Conference: Integrating Research, Policy and Practice 
3-5 December, Auckland, New Zealand
Proposal submission deadline: June 30, 2012
URL: http://www.idc2012.org.nz

MoKCCA'2012  (International Workshop on Mobile Knowledge Centric Computing and Applications)
3-5 October, 2012 Vilamoura, Algarve, Portugal,
Submission deadline: April 30, 2012
URL:  http://mokcca.eiswatch.org

HCist 2012 (International Conference on Health and Social Care Information Systems and Technologies)
3-5 October, 2012 Algarve, Portugal
Submission deadline: April 14, 2012
URL:  http://hcist.eiswatch.org

HICSS-46th  e-Government Track 2013
7-10 January, 2013 The Grand Wailea Maui, Wailea, Hawaii, USA
Submission deadline: June 15, 2012
URL: http://faculty.washington.edu/jscholl/hicss46/Welcome.html

International Conference on Internet Studies
17-19 August 2012, Bangkok, Thailand
Submission deadline: April 30, 2012
URL: http://www.internet-studies.org/

ICST Transactions on e-Education and e-Learning
Article (for Journal) submission deadline: June 30, 2012
URL: http://icst.org/e-education-and-e-learning-cfp/

Special Issue on Sustainable Reporting ? International Journal of Social Ecology and Sustainable Development (IJSESD)
Submission deadline: April 30, 2012
Submission guidelines : http://www.igi-global.com/Files/AuthorEditor/guidelinessubmission.pdf
Tim A. Majchrzak and Imke Wasner
Guest editors’ emails: tima[at]ercis.de, imke.wasner[at]uni-muenster.de

Issues and Challenges in Social Computing (WICSOC 2012)
Submission deadline : April 30, 2012 Las Vegas, USA
URL: http://www.sis.pitt.edu/~iri2012/workshops/WICSOC/cfp.html

9th  edition of Fill the Gap! Moving Beyond the Mobile Hype
20 April 2012 Nemo, Amsterdam
URL: http://fill-the-gap.nl/programme/

7th International Conference on e-Learning (ICEL-2012)
21-22 June 2012 Hong Kong, China 
URL: http://academic-conferences.org/icel/icel2012/icel12-timetable.htm

12th European Conference on eGovernment (ECEG)
14-15 June 2012 Institute of Public Governance and Management ESADE, Barcelona, Spain
URL: http://academic-conferences.org/eceg/eceg2012/eceg12-timetable.htm

International conference on Smart Energy and Sustainable ICT
3-4 May 2012 Brussels, Belgium
URL: http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/events/smartenergy/index_en.htm

Green ICT for Growth and Sustainability? Linking Science and Policy
30 May - 1 June 2012 Vienna, Austria
URL: http://www.scp-responder.eu/events/kb_ict

Stockholm Internet forum on Internet freedom for Global Development
18 -19 April 2012 at 9:30 Stockholm Sweden\
URL: http://www.stockholminternetforum.se/

Global INET 2012
22-24 April 2012 Geneva, Switzerland
URL: http://www.internetsociety.org/events/inet-conferences/global-inet-2012

SPIDER ICT4D Seminar
26 April 2012 at 16:00 Stockholm, Sweden
Presenter: Johan Hellström, PhD Student at DSV, Spider advisor
URL: http://www.spidercenter.org/newsroom/event/ict4d-seminar-johan-hellstr%C3%B6m 

SPIDER ICT4D Seminar
31 May 2012 at 16:00 Stockholm, Sweden
Presenter: Dr. Paula Uimonen, Director of Spider
http://www.spidercenter.org/newsroom/event/ict4d-seminar-paula-uimonen

Studies/ICT4D cases/Resources / Mobile news

Applications Now Open: 2012 eLearning: Shaping the Internet – History and Futures
Application deadline : 10 April
URL: http://www.internetsociety.org/elearning

MSc in Sustainability, Development, and Peace
United Nations University 9UNU), Institute of Sustainability and Peace
Application Deadline: 30 April 2012
Annual Tuition fees: US$ 10000
URL: http://isp.unu.edu/grad/degrees/masters/index.html

Some ICT4D/Informatics research publications from Orebro University
Please visit at www.electronicgovernment.se/research/publications_ict4d.html

Technology Transfer and Innovation: Key Country Priorities for Rio+20
Download it from http://ictsd.org/downloads/2012/04/technology-transfer-and-innovation-key-country-priorities-for-rio-20.pdf

Request a free copy of the new Eldis OnDisc Governance Assessment CDROM
Eldis has collated a selection of documents from the library on to a CDROM. The disc contains over 200 resources from a range of different experts, institutions and organisations that work in the field of governance assessments. It is designed to provide detailed, practical information drawing upon evidence about what works, and identifying innovations in approaches, policy and practice. To help Eldis get CDROMs to those who are most able to use them,  Please email to  j.collodi[at]ids.ac.uk For more information http://www.eldis.org/go/topics/dossiers/governance-assessments

Advanced Summer School on Frontier of Technology Enhanced Learning
7-10 July, 2012 ICALT School, Rome, Italy
Preliminary application : April 11, 2012
URL: http://www.scuolaiad.it/FrontTEL/

SPIDER ICT4D publication : Empowering Women through ICT4D
Author and Coordnator : Caroline Wamala, SPIDER/SIDA
Spider has supported several initiatives that focused on increasing ICT access and use among women. This publication offers a review of these initiatives. The uses of ICT were related to women’s everyday activities to demystify the technology. The success of the projects hinged on the extent to which technology was adapted to suit women’s reality and not vice versa. Download link: spidercenter.org/files/Empowering%20women%20through%20ict.pdf

ICT for rural economic development: five years of learning
Please download it from http://www.iicd.org/about/publications/ict-for-rural-economic-development-five-years-of-learning/5%20years%20learning%20report%20rural%20economic%20development.pdf

The New Map of Mobile Innovation: Some Surprising First Lessons
Almost two months ago, infoDev launched an online challenge to aid digital job creation in developing countries. The challenge, called m2Work (after mobile microwork), asks participants to identify real-world problems that could be addressed by millions of underprivileged people equipped with Internet-connected mobile phones. The challenge is still ongoing: most of the $40,000 prize money remains on the table, and anyone can submit ideas until April 2. Even so, a lot has already happened. Over 600 ideas have been submitted, and the jury has awarded four initial spot prizes. Read more at  http://www.idisc.net/en/Article.39264.html

Food Security and ICT for Development
Please download it from http://www.scribd.com/document_downloads/direct/82937302?extension=pdf&ft=1333393706&lt=1333397316&uahk=5IYDJVYwHR5ZJKbWPiWgE6pWhSM

Reflecting on 15 years of ICT4D
Computer Aid’s Founder & ex-CEO Tony Roberts reflects on changes in the field of information and communication technologies for Development (ICT4D) over the last fifteen years. Read more at http://laptopburns.wordpress.com/2012/03/19/last-week-the-n-2/

SiRC’s first Newsletter
Please get the copy from http://www.sirc.ntu.edu.sg/Documents/SiRC@WORK_Issue1.pdf
About SiRCA http://www.sirca.org.sg/

Mobile phones help Bangladesh raise neonatal immunization
When immunisation of newborns jumped dramatically to 85 per cent in Bangladesh’s Habibganj town in 2010, authorities began to take notice of a new mobile phone-based strategy devised by health officer Amjad Hossain. Read more at http://www.scidev.net/en/south-asia/news/mobile-phones-help-bangladesh-raise-neonatal-immunisation.html

Introducing Inveneo BatNet: A Broadband WiFI Solution for Rural Areas
In an effort to extend WiFi signals into more rural regions, Inveneo has been secretly extending research into bat radar. A major breakthrough today allows WiFi signals to be bounced from and amplified by bats, turning them in flying WiFi repeaters and hotspots. Read more at http://www.ictworks.org/news/2012/04/01/introducing-inveneo-batnet-broadband-wifi-solution-rural-areas

Bolivian Teachers Create Interactive Games for Their Pupils
Teachers from primary schools and secondary schools across Bolivia are creating interactive games to help their pupils learn better. These games and other information are now available online on an educational platform, supported by IICD and its Connect4Change consortium partner Edukans. Read more at http://www.iicd.org/articles/bolivian-teachers-create-interactive-games-for-their-pupils

Ugandan Patients Understand Hospital Bills Better with Digital Patient System
Patients in Hospitals and health clinics in Uganda frequently asked questions about what they were charged for exactly. Implementing an Electronic Patient Record Management System (EPRMS), will target this problem, by breaking bills into small, easy to understand segments. Read more at http://www.iicd.org/articles/201cugandan-patients-understand-hospital-bills-better-with-digital-patient-system201d

Farmers in Bolivia Use Internet, Radio and Mobile Phone to Sell their Produce for a Better Price
Farmers in the department of Santa Cruz in Bolivia are now able to increase the income they earn for their produce via the internet, radio and mobile phone. By going to a website, listening to a daily radio show or subscribing to a daily text message service, they find out where and when their produce is sold at the highest price. Please read more at http://www.iicd.org/articles/farmers-in-bolivia-use-internet-and-radio-to-sell-their-produce-for-a-better-price

On Financial and Other Types of Sustainability in ICT4D Initiatives
At the Cairo workshop a group of INGOs, ICT corporations and a representative from the Ministry of Education’s ICT section discussed replicability, scale and sustainability in ICT and Education programs at length. At yesterday’s panel, we tackled the more specific topic of financial sustainability with folks from NGOs, contractors, corporations, ICT associations and researchers. Read more at http://www.ictworks.org/news/2012/03/30/financial-and-other-types-sustainability-ict4d-initiatives

Start mLearning initiatives outside the classroom
Mobile phones may be amazing, ubiquitous, and a real platform to learn with. Yet, the mobile phone (like many ICTs) comes with associations that prevent it from widespread usage and adoption in formal educational systems. In fact, mobile phones are often banned from schools outright - schools in 52 countries and counting. Read more at http://www.ictworks.org/news/2012/03/19/start-mlearning-initiatives-outside-classroom

The Top 5 Countries for ICT4D in Africa are Kenya, Ghana, Nigeria, Tanzania, and...?
Where else? Let us not stop there. If you were to make a list of the top 5 countries for ICT4D in Africa, which would be on your list? Which would not? And why? Read more at http://www.ictworks.org/news/2012/03/26/top-5-countries-ict4d-africa-are-kenya-ghana-nigeria-tanzania-and


Vacancies/ PhD/Post-Doc positions:

Get an ICT4D Job! From Haiti to Congo, Turkmenistan to Niger

Know more at : http://www.ictworks.org/news/2012/03/20/get-ict4d-job-haiti-congo-turkmenistan-niger-your-skills-are-needed-now 

Grants / Competitions/Fellowships:

Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) are jointly launching the "Swiss Programme for Research on Global Issues for Development" (r4d.ch programme)
A total budget of 97.6 million Swiss francs is available for the whole duration of the programme from 2012 to 2022. Read more at http://www.r4d.ch/E/Pages/home.aspx

UniPID Virtual Studies Funding for UN Themed Courses
Proposal submission deadline: May 1, 2012 at 18:00
A sum of €10000 per course is available for the creation and provision of a new UN themed virtual course; provided that the coordinating university will arrange the course (open to all UniPID university students) at least 3 times without further funding. All UniPID virtual courses are worth 5 ECTS credits, please plan your course accordingly
Link for course proposal : http://form.jotformeu.com/form/20812728213346
Further information, email to ea.blomqvist[at]abo.fi
URL: www.unipidvirtualstudies.fi

EUDLINK II Projects in Higher Education - Energy Access/Agriculture & Food Security
Proposal submission deadline: 30 July 2012
Proposals will aim at supporting HEIs in ACP States to create new and upgrade existing curricula and teaching methods, reinforce links between teaching, modern technologies, lifelong learning and research, as well as strengthening their management and administration capacity. Grants size: Minimum - EUR 200,000, Maximum: EUR 500,000, Maximum EC Grant : 85%. Duration : 12 months – 42 months.
URL: http://www.acp-edulink.eu/node/2137

ENLACE - Travel Grant Scheme: third call now open
Submission deadline: May 10, 2012
The aim of the ENLACE travel grant scheme is to promote exchange between Central American and European researchers as well as to encourage contacts between research institutions for joint participation in the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7). The grant scheme works as a mechanism to facilitate networking or even joint proposal writing.
URL: http://www.enlace-project.eu/grant_scheme.aspx

EADI Prize for Excellence in Development Studies 2012
Submission deadline: April 30, 2012
The European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI) invites submissions for the 2012 prize for excellence in development research. The prize, worth €1 000, will be awarded for an essay on an issue of development studies in any field of the social sciences submitted and written by a postgraduate student from an EADI member country or attending a programme at an institutional member of the Association. For more information :
http://www.eadi.org/training/eadi-for-students/eadi-prize-2012.html 

Swedish Research Links grants 2013-15
Submission deadline: May 7, 2012
The Swedish Research Links Programme offers international collaborative research grants, aiming to foster research ties between researchers in Sweden and selected countries, in South Asia: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. Please note that  China and India are no longer included in Swedish Research Links, whereas several other countries in Asia have been re-introduced in the programme.
URL: sida.orbelon.com/swedish-research-links.aspx 

The Academy of Finland has posted its bi-annual Funding
Submission deadline : April 25, 2012
The Academy finances high-quality and innovative research aiming at scientific breakthroughs, act as a science policy expert and strengthen the position of science and research.
URL: www.aka.fi/Tiedostot/Hakuilmoitukset/Huhtikuun_2012_hakuilmoitus_070312_en.pdf  

Research Grant Competition - Spring 2012 Round  
Submission deadline: 12 April 2012
The goal of the competition is to support policy-relevant research projects under five priority research areas. Grants in the amount of up to $12,000 are typically provided for up to 18 months of work. Research proposals can be submitted by individuals or small teams of CIS researchers. Young researchers and researchers based in the periphery may be offered smaller-scale development grants (up to $2,000) and training opportunities.
URL: http://www.eerc.ru/shownews/research-grant-competition-spring-2012-round

IPID ICT4D News Digest Nr. 05/2012

E-mail sent by M Sirajul Islam, Saturday, 17th March 2012 @ 11:31am

[Apologies for potential cross postings. Archived digests can be found at http://groupspaces.com/ipid/emails/  and at http://www.electronicgovernment.se/ipid/archived/ ]
 

IPID sponsored events  


Call for paper : IPID ICT4D Annual Symposium 2012 & Travel Scholarship
5th - 6th Sept, 2012, Kristiansand, Norway
Deadline for paper submission : June 15, 2012
URL:groupspaces.com/ipid/item/229187     

Postgraduate (PhD and masters) students doing research in ICT4D are most welcome to attend this symposium. Please note that this event will be held in parallel to IFIP eGov/ePart conference 2012
Travel scholarships are available for the authors with accepted papers.

Call for registration: IPID  workshop on ’Scientific Writing and Publishing’ & Travel Scholarship
3rd May, 2012, Thursday, 13:15 -16:00 
Örebro University, Örebro, Sweden
Registration deadline: April 20, 2012
URL: groupspaces.com/ipid/emails/221444

We are happy to invite you to attend an interactive half-day workshop on ’Scientific Writing and Publishing’. This workshop is expected to focus on contemporary issues on writing scientific papers and publications that would benefit especially the young scholars in ICT4D research. To register your interest, please send an e-mail to M. Sirajul Islam <sirajul.islam[at]oru.se> by the 20th April 2012.  There is no registration or attendance fee. IPID will only sponsor IPID-members that are affiliated to a SPIDER-affiliated Swedish Universities with up to 700 SEK for travels related expenses.  Please note that at the end of the workshop, all participants will be given ‘Certificate of attendance’.


Call for papers/Chapters/ Conferences/workshops/Symposiums/Participation  


Using Grounded Theory in ICT4D Research: A Missed Opportunity?
Tuesday 20th March 2012, 1pm-2pm, Arthur Lewis building room G35/36
Speaker: Prof. Cathy Urquhart – Manchester Metropolitan University Business School
The seminar is free and open to all; no booking is required
URL: http://www.cdi.manchester.ac.uk/newsandevents/

SPIDER ICT4D Seminar: Global Development and ICT for Building Civil Societies in Developing Countries
29 March 2012, 16:00, Spider, DSV, Stockholm University, Forum 100, Kista, Sweden
Speaker: Professor Anders G. Nilsson , UNESCO Chair
Discussant: Professor Olov Forsgren, DSV

URL: http://www.spidercentre.org/

Workshop on Issues and Challenges in Social Computing (WICSOC 2012)
August 10, 2012 Las Vegas, USA
Submission deadline: April 30, 2012

URL: http://www.sis.pitt.edu/~iri2012/workshops/WICSOC/index.html

SIG GlobDev First Pre- ECIS Workshop
Theme: ICT and Sustainable Development
Barcelona, Spain, June 10th, 2012
Submission Deadline:  April 22nd, 2012
URL: http://www.globdev.org

6th International Conference on Theory and Practice of Electronic Governance (ICEGOV2012)
22 - 25 October 2012, Albany, New York, USA
Submission Deadline: April 2, 2012
URL: www.icegov.org

International Conference on Electronic Government and the Information Systems Perspective and International Conference on Electronic Democracy (EGOVIS and EDEM 2012)
Advancing Democracy, Government and Governance
September 3 - 7, 2012. Vienna, Austria
Submission deadline : March 23, 2012 (extended)
URL: http://www.dexa.org/egovisedem2012

11th IFIP Electronic Government Conference (IFIP EGOV 2012)
September 3 to 6, 2012; University of Agder, Kristiansand, Norway
(Co-located with the 4th IFIP ePart conference)
Submission deadline : March 19, 2012 (extended)
URL: http://www.egov-conference.org

mLearn 2012
17-18 October 2012, Helsinki,Finland
Submission deadline : 30 April 2012
URL: http://portal.ou.nl/en/web/mlearn-2012/call-for-workshops-and-tutorials

World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Forum 2012
14 May 2012 - 18 May 2012 Geneva, Switzerland
URL: http://groups.itu.int/wsis-forum2012/Home.aspx

7th International Conference on Availability, Reliability and Security (AReS 2012)
University of Economics in Prague, Czech Republic
August 20th – 24th, 2012
Submission deadline: March 28, 2012 (extended)
URL: http://www.ares-conference.eu

7th Mediterranean Conference on Information Systems (MCIS) 2012
Adopting Emergent Knowledge & Technologies to Develop Innovative
Information Systems (CloudWisdom)
September 8-10, 2012 Guimares, Portugal
Track Title: Crowdsourcing for Innovation, Productivity, and Creativity

Submission deadline : March 25, 2012
URL: http://eventseer.net/e/17069/126954/

SPDECE-2012. IX Multidisciplinary symposium on the design and evaluation of digital content for education
13th-15th June, 2012 Alicante, Spain
Submission deadline: April 2, 2012
URL: http://transducens.dlsi.ua.es/congress/spdece2012/doku.php/start

Innovate Rwanda- Open Summit on 21st Century Learning for Developing Countries  
24-26 May 2012, Musanze, Rwanda
URL: http://scil.com.au/rwanda

2012 International Development Conference: Integrating Research, Policy and Practice 
3-5 December, Auckland, New Zealand
Proposal submission deadline: June 30, 2012
URL: http://www.idc2012.org.nz


ICT4D cases/Resources / Mobile news/Studies

New materials on climate change, ICTs and developing countries
The NICCD website (http://www.niccd.org/) provides a repository of new materials on climate change, ICTs and developing countries including:  Two background papers that review the literature in this field, and propose a new framework for understanding ICTs, adaptation and "e-resilience".  Seven thematic papers that summarise current evidence on ICTs, climate change and the topics of mitigation, adaptation, disaster management, strategy, governance, gender, and emergent technologies.  Nineteen project case studies that have been professionally edited for use in practitioner/strategy guidance, training materials, or research.  Four strategy briefs written for policy makers, strategic planners and senior researchers, that summarise conceptual and action-based priorities for use of ICTs in relation to climate change in developing countries.  A training guide for those who wish to run their own training workshop on ICTs, climate change and development.

These materials are the product of the University of Manchester's "Climate Change, Innovation and ICTs" research project, funded by Canada's International Development Research Centre (http://www.idrc.ca) and managed by the University's Centre for Development Informatics (http://www.cdi.manchester.ac.uk).


PhD summer school
Political Economy of Information and Communication Technologies
21 – 26 August 2012 Skagen, Denmark
URL: http://phdsummerschool.nordict.aau.dk 

GSMA mAgri
Tuesday 20th March (14.00- 15.00 UK time) Webinar
Agenda include : Mobile Agriculture: The Market Opportunity- panel event highlights,  mAgri Working Group highlights, and upcoming resources and events from the GSMA mAgri Programme
For registration : https://communique.webex.com/communique/j.php?ED=184561522&RG=1&UID=0&RT=MTgjMjE%3D

Celebrating Failure with a FailFaire at ICTD2012
For details: http://www.ictworks.org/news/2012/03/14/celebrating-failure-failfaire-ictd2012

The Social Side of ICT4D
For details:http://www.ictworks.org/news/2012/03/16/social-side-ict4d

A Simple Email Address Can Be a Major ICT4D Barrier
For details: http://www.ictworks.org/news/2012/03/09/simple-email-address-can-be-major-ict4d-barrier

What do Randomized Control Trial results from OLPC Peru mean for ICT4E?
For details:http://www.ictworks.org/news/2012/03/07/what-do-randomized-control-trial-results-olpc-peru-mean-ict4e  

4 Reasons Why Short-Term Volunteers Are Bad for ICT4D Projects
For details: http://www.ictworks.org/news/2012/03/12/4-reasons-why-short-term-volunteers-are-bad-ict4d-projects

Open-Source technology in ICT4D
Authored by: Tony Roberts

For details: http://laptopburns.wordpress.com/2012/03/10/open-source-technology-in-ict4d/ 

New Special Issue on "Poverty & Profits in the Information Age"
Information Technologies & International Development (ITID)
Please access the articles at http://itidjournal.org

SPIDER ICT4D publication : Empowering Women through ICT4D
Author and Coordnator : Caroline Wamala, SPIDER/SIDA
Spider has supported several initiatives that focused on increasing ICT access and use among women. This publication offers a review of these initiatives. The uses of ICT were related to women’s everyday activities to demystify the technology. The success of the projects hinged on the extent to which technology was adapted to suit women’s reality and not vice versa. Download link: spidercenter.org/files/Empowering%20women%20through%20ict.pdf


Vacancies/ PhD/Post-Doc positions:

Two ICT4D jobs at the Carter Center

1. A shorter-term position consisting of a series of trips to the DRC, mostly involving training and building technical capacity with partner CSOs for Carter Center programs. Functional French skills are a requirement for this one.
2. A longer-term position based in Atlanta, basically a tech guru for the Democracy program, advising program staff on how to best use technology, as well as training and implementing. A fair amount of
international travel included.
To apply for the DRC job, email your CV and cover letter to
thomas.smyth[at]gatech.edu

Get an ICT4D Job! Africa, Europe, Central Asia, United States
For details: http://www.ictworks.org/news/2012/03/06/get-ict4d-job-africa-europe-central-asia-united-states

The 12 Best ICT4D Job Ads Websites
ICT4DJOBS.COM compiles a list of 12 best websites to find a great ICT job in Africa and other international development hotspots. For details, please click here.


Grants / Competitions/Fellowships:

SI grants for Expert exchanges with developing countries
Submission deadline: March 31, 2012
Experts Exchange program aims at promoting transparency and democracy, economic and social development of developing countries through exchange of experience and knowledge in the areas of democracy and human rights,  gender equality and women's roles in development.
Maximum amount for an application in expert exchange is 100 000 SEK
URL:http://www.si.se/Svenska/Innehall/Stipendier-och-utbyte/Expertutbyte-och-kultursamarbete/Expertutbyte/

EADI Prize for Excellence in Development Studies 2012
Submission deadline: April 30, 2012
The European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI) invites submissions for the 2012 prize for excellence in development research. The prize, worth €1 000, will be awarded for an essay on an issue of development studies in any field of the social sciences submitted and written by a postgraduate student from an EADI member country or attending a programme at an institutional member of the Association. For more information :
i-for-students/eadi-prize-2012.html

Swedish Research Links grants 2013-15
Submission deadline: May 7, 2012
The Swedish Research Links Programme offers international collaborative research grants, aiming to foster research ties between researchers in Sweden and selected countries, in South Asia: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. Please note that  China and India are no longer included in Swedish Research Links, whereas several other countries in Asia have been re-introduced in the programme.
URL: http://sida.orbelon.com/swedish-research-links.aspx

Sida’s U-forsk grants
Submission deadline : April 3, 2012
Grants to support Swedish development research are provided by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, Sida, through its Developing Country Research Council (u-landsforskningsrådet). These so-called uforsk grants belong to the most important ways of financing Swedish research projects related to developing countries, including South Asia. The aim is to establish and maintain a knowledge base of relevance to aid and development issues, plus capacity for developing country research in Sweden.
URL: http://sida.orbelon.com/apply-and-report.aspx
 
KTH foundation offers scholarships to Indian students
The scholarships will be used to cover tuition fees, accommodation and living in Sweden for one academic year. The Foundation has just been formed and, hopefully, the first scholarships will be awarded for the fall semester.
URL: http://www.kth.se/en/alumni/2.37896/nyinrattade-stipendier-starker-kth-s-relation-med-indien-1.296081
 
Sida offers grants to assist practical use of research results in Indian and Indonesian collaboration projects
Submission deadline : April 4, 2012
The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, Sida, through its Selective Cooperation Unit  (Partner Driven Cooperation) now announces a call for a programme entitled ”Collaboration Grants – Use of Research Results”. This initiative is open only for co-operations in India and Indonesia. Sida is reserving 20 million Swedish crowns (SEK) per year 2012-2013 for this call.
URL: http://www.sidaresearch.se/apply-and-report/collaboration-grants---use-of-research-results.aspx
 
Fellowship- Urban Studies Foundation, UK  
Submission deadline: 25 May 2012
URL: http://www.urbanstudiesfoundation.org/funding-opportunities/

The Academy of Finland has posted its bi-annual Funding
Submission deadline : April 25, 2012
The Academy finances high-quality and innovative research aiming at scientific breakthroughs, act as a science policy expert and strengthen the position of science and research.
URL: http://www.aka.fi/Tiedostot/Hakuilmoitukset/Huhtikuun_2012_hakuilmoitus_070312_en.pdf
 
Delta Alliance Young Professionals Award  
Submission deadline: 31 March 2012
URL: http://www.itc.nl/Pub/News/in2012/January/Delta-Alliance-Young-Professionals-Award.html

Research Grant Competition - Spring 2012 Round  
Submission deadline: 12 April 2012
The goal of the competition is to support policy-relevant research projects under five priority research areas. Grants in the amount of up to $12,000 are typically provided for up to 18 months of work. Research proposals can be submitted by individuals or small teams of CIS researchers. Young researchers and researchers based in the periphery may be offered smaller-scale development grants (up to $2,000) and training opportunities.
URL: http://www.eerc.ru/shownews/research-grant-competition-spring-2012-round

Cfp : First Pre- ECIS Workshop - ICT and Sustainable Development (Barcelona, Spain, June 10th, 2012)

E-mail sent by M Sirajul Islam, Wednesday, 7th March 2012 @ 9:09am

Call for Papers:
Association for Information Systems
Special Interest Group for ICT in Global Development (SIG GlobDev)

http://www.globdev.org

First Pre- ECIS Workshop : ICT IN GLOBAL DEVELOPMENT

Barcelona, Spain,
June 10th, 2012

Theme ICT and Sustainable Development

 

WORKSHOP GENERAL CHAIRS

Cathy Urquhart (Manchester Metropolitan University, UK)
Alina Chircu (Bentley University, USA)

PROGRAM CHAIRS

Overall program co-chairs:

Neels (C.J) Kruger (University of Pretoria, South Africa)
Marlei Pozzebon (HEC Montreal, Canada)


Research in progress and PhD research co-chairs:

Marlene Holmner (University of Pretoria, South Africa)
Annika Andersson (Örebro University, Sweeden)
Roy Johnson (University of Pretoria, South Africa)

DESCRIPTION

Following in the footsteps of several successful pre-AMCIS and pre-ICIS workshops, the 1st SIG GlobDev ECIS Workshop will continue to provide a forum for discussion of scholarly work on the diffusion and use of information and communication technologies (ICT) in and for development around the world.

We invite submission of papers and panel session proposals showcasing completed research, research-in-progress, and practice applications that contribute to the theory and practice of ICTs in and for development. The workshop is open to submissions employing a variety of research approaches and methodologies. Student papers will be given special consideration.

Submissions related to the workshop theme, “ICT and Sustainable Development,” are especially encouraged. Papers exploring the economic, social and environmental impacts of ICTs in developing regions and the design of sustainable ICTs and related programs are welcome. We are especially interested in ICT applications involving SMEs, government, healthcare, and education initiatives.

As in previous workshops, other areas of interest related to ICTs in and for development include, but are not limited to:

  • Social, political and legal frameworks for ICTs
  • Measuring costs and benefits of ICTs
  • The role of economic, human and social capital for ICT success
  • Digital divide and social inclusion
  • ICT innovation and entrepreneurship


WORKSHOP PROCEEDINGS 

The proceedings will be published in the AIS eLibrary.

FAST-TRACKING TO JOURNAL

Authors of selected workshop papers will be invited to submit their papers for possible inclusion in a special issue of Information Technology for Development (ITD)


IMPORTANT DATES

Notification of Intention to Submit (Optional): as soon as possible
Submission Deadline:  April 22nd, 2012
Notification to Authors: May 15th, 2012
Deadline for Final Papers: May 30th, 2012
Workshop Date:  June 10th, 2012

AUTHOR INSTRUCTIONS

Papers should clearly indicate the category of the paper on the title page:

  • Completed research Paper
  • Contribution to Practice
  • Research-in-progress
  • Student Paper
  • Panel proposal

Full papers should be limited to 7,000 words or approximately 25 pages in length. Research-in-progress papers should be limited to 3,000 words or approximately 10 pages in length. Panel proposals should be limited to approximately 4 pages in length.

SUBMISSIONS

Submissions should be sent by email to:

Please include “SIG GlobDev ECIS 2012 Workshop Submission” in the subject header of the email.

IPID workshop on ’Scientific Writing and Publishing’ at Orebro, Sweden and travel grants (May 3, 2012)

E-mail sent by M Sirajul Islam, Tuesday, 6th March 2012 @ 4:01pm

IPID is happy to invite you to attend an interactive half-day workshop on ’Scientific Writing and Publishing’ to be held at Örebro University, Sweden on the 3rd May, 2012 at 13:15 – 16:00.

There are a significant number of research papers on ICT4D, but not all of them are rich in scientific rigor and relevance. Many of us spend significant portion of our efforts on finding right publication venues and struggling with getting our scholarly work published in due process and time. Therefore, this workshop is expected to focus on contemporary issues on writing scientific papers and publications that would benefit especially the young scholars in ICT4D research.

The workshop speakers will be:

Dr. Åke Grönlund, Professor in Informatics at Örebro University, Chair of AIS Special Interest Group on Electronic Government (SIGeGov) and Chair of Swedish Academy of Information Systems

Dr. Annika Andersson, Assistant Professor and Program Manager, Informatics master program at Örebro University and   Member of Editorial board, Journal of Information Technology for Development (ITD)  

To register your interest, please send an e-mail to M. Sirajul Islam <sirajul.islam@oru.se> on or before the 20th April 2012.

There is no registration or attendance fee. IPID will only sponsor IPID-members that are affiliated to a SPIDER-affiliated Swedish University. We will sponsor each participant with up to 700 SEK for travel related expenses on the basis of first come, first served.  

Please note that at the end of the workshop, all participants will be given ‘Certificate of attendance’.

Looking forward to your registration and to welcome you at Örebro University !

- Siraj
  IPID Coordinator

IPID ICT4D News Digest Nr. 04/2012

E-mail sent by M Sirajul Islam, Saturday, 3rd March 2012 @ 11:16am

[Apologies for potential cross postings. Archived news digests can be found at http://groupspaces.com/ipid/emails/  and at http://www.electronicgovernment.se/ipid/archived/ ]
 

IPID sponsored events  

Call for paper : IPID ICT4D Annual Symposium 2012 & Travel Scholarship
5th - 6th Sept, 2012, Kristiansand, Norway

Deadline for paper submission : June 15, 2012

URL:groupspaces.com/ipid/item/229187
    

CfP for IPID ICT4D Annual Symposium 2012 has been announced. Postgraduate (PhD and masters) students doing research in ICT4D are most welcome to attend this symposium. Please note that this event will be held in parallel to IFIP eGov/ePart conference 2012.  Travel scholarships are available for the authors with accepted papers.


Call for registration: IPID  workshop on ’Scientific Writing and Publishing’ & Travel Scholarship
3rd May, 2012, Thursday, 13:15 -16:00 
Örebro University, Örebro, Sweden
Registration deadline: April 20, 2012
URL: groupspaces.com/ipid/emails/221444

We are happy to invite you to attend an interactive half-day workshop on ’Scientific Writing and Publishing’. This workshop is expected to focus on contemporary issues on writing scientific papers and publications that would benefit especially the young scholars in ICT4D research. To register your interest, please send an e-mail to M. Sirajul Islam <sirajul.islam@oru.se> by the 20th April 2012.  There is no registration or attendance fee. IPID will only sponsor IPID-members that are affiliated to a SPIDER-affiliated Swedish Universities with up to 700 SEK for travels related expenses.  Please note that at the end of the workshop, all participants will be given ‘Certificate of attendance’.

Call for papers/Chapters/ Conferences/workshops/Symposiums/Participation  

16th Pacific Asia Conference on Information Systems (PACIS)
Track: Electronic Government
July 11-15, 2012, Hochiminh City, Vietnam
Submission deadline : March 7,  2012
URL: www.pacis2012.org

3rd European Security Conference  - Exploring emergent frontiers in identity and privacy management
September 12-13, 2012 Orebro, Sweden
Submission: May 15, 2012
URL: www.oru.se/hh/esc

11th International Conference on Web-based Learning (ICWL 2012)
2-4 September 2012, Sinaia, Romania
Paper submission deadline (recommended): June 10, 2012
URL: http://www.hkws.org/conference/icwl2012/

1st Asian Conference on Information Systems (ACIS 2012)
6-8 December 2012, Siem Reap, Cambodia
Institute of Electrical Engineers of Japan (IEEJ ) and Osaka Prefecture University, Japan and Royal University of Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Paper submission deadline : June 15th, 2012  
URL: http://www.rupp.edu.kh/ acis2012/

2nd Intl. Conference on Digital ICTs and its Applications (DICTAP2012),
May 16-18, 2012, University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce(UTCC), Bangkok, Thailand
Submission deadline : march 15, 2012
URL: http://www.sdiwc.net/thi/

Future Learning Conference
14-16 November 2012, Istanbul, Turkey
Abstract submission deadline : April 2, 2012
URL: http://futurelearning.istanbul.edu.tr/

CFP: International Journal of Social Ecology and Sustainable Development (IJSESD)
Special issue : Sustainability reporting
Submission deadline : April 30, 2012
Contact: tima[at]ercis.de, imke.wasner[at]uni-muenster.de

11th Annual Symposium on Research in Systems Analysis and Design
June 1st-2nd, 2012. Vancouver, BC, Canada
Submission deadline : April 1, 2012
URL: http://sigsand2012.sauder.ubc.ca

7th  Design Science Research in Information Systems and Technology Conference (DESRIST 2012)
Las Vegas, NV, USA
Doctoral Consortium: May 13th, 9 AM - 5 PM
Conference dates:May 14th and 15th
Contacts : profsamir1[at]gmail.com , h.g.sol[at]rug.nl

Global INET 2012 : Meeting at the Crossroads: Imagining the Future Internet
April 22-24, 2012 Geneva, Switzerland
Centre International de Conférences Genève
URL: http://www.internetsociety.org/events/inet-conferences/global-inet-2012

Innovation for Sustainability: Telecentres and Mobile Phones for Development
6th March 2012, 1pm-2pm, Harold Hankins Building, Room 10.05
The University of Manchester, Centre for Development Informatics
Seminar speaker:  Dr Harsha Liyanage – Founder/MD, Sarvodaya-Fusion
URL: www.cdi.manchester.ac.uk/newsandevents

Gender and ICTs: Histories of inclusion and exclusion
Speakers : Ulf Mellström and Caroline Wamala
13th March 2012, 15.15-17 in room 21d402, HumanIT, Karlstad University, Sweden
Contact : Dr. Jakob Svensson (jakob.svensson[at]kau.se)


ICT4D cases/Mobile news/Studies


SPIDER ICT4D publication : Empowering Women through ICT4D

Author and Coordnator : Caroline Wamala, SPIDER/SIDA
Spider has supported several initiatives that focused on increasing ICT access and use among women. This publication offers a review of these initiatives. The uses of ICT were related to women’s everyday activities to demystify the technology. The success of the projects hinged on the extent to which technology was adapted to suit women’s reality and not vice versa. Download link: spidercenter.org/files/Empowering%20women%20through%20ict.pdf

A case study on e-Agriculture Initiative (e-Arik project in North-East India) and
eArik: Using ICTs to Facilitate "ClimateSmartAgriculture" among Tribal Farmers of NorthEast India
Author:  Dr. R. Saravanan, Central Agricultural University, India
Sponsored: Centre for Development Informatics (CDI), University of Manchester, UK
With the support of the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) 
URLs: NICCD_AgricAdapt_Case_Study_ eArik.pdf and
www.saravananraj.net/images/stories/pdf/16_ICT_Case_Study_Climate_Change_eArik.pdf

Youth and Digital Media: From Credibility to Information Quality
Authors: Urs Gasser, Sandra Cortesi, Momin Malik, & Ashley Lee
Berkman Center for Internet & Society , Harvard University "
To access the full report and additional material, please visit: http://youthandmedia.org/infoquality

Recommendations for ICT4E Intervention Success in African Schools
A new report by Aptivate and the Centre for Commonwealth Education (University of Cambridge) suggests that there are practices that can be utilized to make ICT use in classrooms more effective. The study, conducted in part by iSchool.zm, an online multi-media eLearning package designed to cover the whole of the Zambian school curriculum, examined underprivileged school communities in Zambia. Please click here for more information.

The Reality of Electrical Power Variability in African ICT4D Projects
To read the details, please click here.

Are School Computer Labs a Bad Idea?
To read the details, please click here

An ICT4E Lesson Learned: Offline Content is Key
To read the details, please click here

A Ugandan mHealth Moratorium Is a Good Thing
To read the details, please click here

An analysis of mobile Internet access in Thailand: Implications for bridging the digital divide
To read the details, please click here

Digital inequalities and implications for social inequalities: A study of Internet penetration amongst university students in South Africa
To read the details, please click here

APCICT Publishes Version 2.0 of Flagship ICTD Capacity Development Programme
Please visit at http://www.unapcict.org/news/apcict-publishes-version-2.0-of-flagship-ictd-capacity-development-programme-launches-module-9-on-the-apcict-virtual-academy-and-publishes-cis-case-studies/

ICTD Case Studies from the CIS
Working to enhance knowledge sharing within Central-Asia, APCICT today published a volume of ICTD case studies from the Commonwealth of Independent States and Russian Speaking Countries. The case studies, available in both English and Russian, explore a variety of issues such as e-Health, e-Commerce, e-Governance and e-Learning.  The case studies share the experiences and lessons learned of ICTD practitioners from Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.

UniPID Virtual Studies courses opened for registration
Finnish University Partnership for International Development, University of Jyväskylä, Finaland
Courses : International Development Cooperation (Registration closes 15.3.2012)
Project Cycle Management (Registration closes 23.3.2012)
URL: http://www.unipidvirtualstudies.fi/

International Master Program in Cooperation and Development (Master CD)
Instituto Universitario di Studi Superiori Pavia (IUSS), October 2012 – January 2014, 1st deadline for applications (recommended to foreign candidates) 30 April 2012, Final deadline 31st May 2012
URL: http://www.iusspavia.it/eng/master.php?id=27

The European Journal of Development Research, Vol 24 Issue 1
with a special debate section on "Why is the empirical evidence on the role of FDI in development so ambiguous?"
URL: http://www.palgrave-journals.com/ejdr/journal/v24/n1/index.html

Understanding the UK Agricultural Research Contribution to International Development and Food Security
UK Collaborative on Development Sciences (UKCDS) and the London International Development Centre (LIDC); Authors: Andrée Carter and Jeff Waage
URL: http://bit.ly/w1rBnE

CSST2012:  Summer Research Institute for the Science of Sociotechnical Systems 
The Bishop’s Lodge Resort, Santa Fe, NM, USA
July 29 – August 2, 2012 
Application Date:  March 15th, 2012
Eligibility: Advanced doctoral students, post-doctoral scholars and pre-tenure faculty at US-based institutions.
For further information please visit www.sociotech.net, bsbutler@umd.edu,


Vacancies/ PhD/Post-Doc positions:


PhD Scholarships -  Vienna University of Technology

Application deadline : April 1, 2012
Each year up to 15 students will be awarded a scholarship. Female applicants are explicitly encouraged to apply. Preference will be given when equally qualified.
URL: www.informatik.tuwien.ac.at/phdschool

Junior IUCT experts
For more positions supported by SPIDER : http://www.spidercentre.org/network/junior-ict-expert  

The 12 Best ICT4D Job Ads Websites
ICT4DJOBS.COM compiles a list of 12 best websites to find a great ICT job in Africa and other international development hotspots. For details, please click here.

Grants / Ccompetitions/Fellowships :

Spider ICT4D Research Grants
Submission deadline : March 15, 2012
SPIDER offers grants for research related to ongoing Spider-supported ICT4D projects in democracy, education, and health in 2012. The research should be undertaken by researchers based in Sweden together with researchers in the project country. The aim of this research is to facilitate knowledge production in ICT4D, while strengthening ongoing and future ICT4D activities.
For more information : http://www.spidercentre.org/research

EADI Prize for Excellence in Development Studies 2012
Submission deadline : April 30, 2012
The European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI) invites submissions for the 2012 prize for excellence in development research. The prize, worth €1 000, will be awarded for an essay on an issue of development studies in any field of the social sciences submitted and written by a postgraduate student from an EADI member country or attending a programme at an institutional member of the Association. For more information :
http://www.eadi.org/training/eadi-for-students/eadi-prize-2012.html

ISOC Fellowship to the IETF (IETF 84 and 85)
The Internet Society has announced that it is inviting applications for its latest Internet Society Fellowships to the IETF.  The Fellowship programme allows engineers from emerging and developing economies to attend an Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) meeting. For more information, please visit at http://www.internetsociety.org/what-we-do/education-and-leadership-programmes/next-generation-leaders/ietf-fellowships

Call for applications: Summer Institute on Global Poverty & Inclusive Development
Human Geography, Planning and International Development, University of Amsterdam (AISSR), 18 – 22 June 2012
URL:
http://www.fmg.uva.nl/gpid/news.cfm/25ACCD45-4790-4E48-A0BBC7000C97ADD5

Call for Proposal for Joint Scientific Thematic Research Programme (JSTP)
The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO)
Deadline for Submission:  April 10th, 2012
URL: http://www.nwo.nl/nwohome.nsf/pages/NWOA_7Q3RJS_Eng

Call for Application: Economics Research Grant Competition
CIS Research Network, Global Development Network
Submission deadline: 12 April 2012
URL: http://www.eerc.ru/competition_menu 

New calls for proposals Nuffic and CAPES
Netherlands Organization for International Cooperation in Higher Education (Nuffic)
Submission deadline: March 20, 2012
URL: http://www.nuffic.nl/home/news-events/news-archive/2012/january/new-calls-for-proposals-nuffic-and-capes

Call for Proposals: Marie Curie Actions — Intra-European Fellowships (IEF)
Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT); Marie Curie Actions / 7th Research Framework Programme
This is a Call for Proposals directed at individual researchers.
Submission deadline: August 16, 2012
URL: http://www.fct.pt/apoios/mariecurie/ief

IPID workshop on ’Scientific Writing and Publishing’ at Orebro, Sweden and travel grants (May 3, 2012)

E-mail sent by M Sirajul Islam, Wednesday, 29th February 2012 @ 12:33pm

Dear IPID members,

We are happy to invite you to attend an interactive half-day workshop on ’Scientific Writing and Publishing’ to be held at Örebro University, Sweden on the 3rd May, 2012 at 13:15 – 16:00.

There are a significant number of research papers on ICT4D, but not all of them are rich in scientific rigor and relevance. Many of us spend significant portion of our efforts on finding right publication venues and struggling with getting our scholarly work published in due process and time. Therefore, this workshop is expected to focus on contemporary issues on writing scientific papers and publications that would benefit especially the young scholars in ICT4D research.

The workshop speakers will be:

Dr. Åke Grönlund, Professor in Informatics at Örebro University, Chair of AIS Special Interest Group on Electronic Government (SIGeGov) and Chair of Swedish Academy of Information Systems

Dr. Annika Andersson, Assistant Professor and Program Manager, Informatics master program at Örebro University and   Member of Editorial board, Journal of Information Technology for Development (ITD)  

To register your interest, please send an e-mail to M. Sirajul Islam <sirajul.islam@oru.se> by the latest the 20th April 2012.

There is no registration or attendance fee. IPID will only sponsor IPID-members that are affiliated to a SPIDER-affiliated Swedish University. We will sponsor each participant with up to 700 SEK for travels related expenses.  

Please note that at the end of the workshop, all participants will be given ‘Certificate of attendance’.

Looking forward to your registration and to welcome you at Örebro University !

- Siraj
IPID Coordinator 

IPID Bi-monthly Newsletter Nr. 03/2012

E-mail sent by M Sirajul Islam, Sunday, 19th February 2012 @ 9:40am

[Apologies for potential cross postings]

Call for papers (cfp)

IPID ICT4D Annual Symposium 2012
5th - 6th Sept, 2012, Kristiansand, Norway
Deadline for paper submission : June 15, 2012
CfP for IPID ICT4D Annual Symposium 2012 has been announced. Postgraduate (PhD and masters ) students doing research in ICT4D are most welcome to attend this symposium. Please note that this event will be held in parallel to IFIP eGov/ePart conference 2012. For more details, please visit at http://groupspaces.com/ipid/item/229187   
Travel scholarships are available for the authors with accepted papers.

3rd International Workshop about research in ICT for Human Development
2nd - 5th  July 2012, Cuzco, Peru
Theme: Sustainability, maintenance and exploitation models of rural telemedicine networks in remote areas”
Deadline for paper submission : March 31, 2012
URL: http://www.tsc.urjc.es/jornadastic4dh

11th IFIP Electronic Government Conference (IFIP EGOV 2012)
September 3 to 6, 2012; University of Agder, Kristiansand, Norway
(Co-located with the 4th IFIP ePart conference)
Submission of papers:  4 March 2012

 
Journal off Information Technology for Development (ITD)
Special Issue on ‘Cyber-Security for Development’
Guest editors: Kweku-Muata Osei-Bryson, Doug Vogel  
Deadline for manuscripts submission: September 15, 2012
URL: http://itd.ist.unomaha.edu/IT4D%20-%20Cyber-Security%20for%20Development%20-%20Call%20for%20Papers.pdf


7th mediterranean Conference on Information Systems  (MCIS) 2012)
8-10 September, 2012.  Guimaraes, Portugal
Track : eGovernment in the Mediterranean and Beyond
Deadline for paper submission : March 9th, 2012
Track URL:


IADIS International Conference on ICT, Society and Human being 2012
Part of the IADIS Multi Conference on Computer Science and Information Systems (MCCSIS 2012)
17 – 23 July 2012 Lisbon, Portugal
Deadline for paper submission (extended ): 27 February 2012 
URL: http://www.ict-conf.org/

 
18th Americas Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS) 2012
August 9-12, 2012  Seattle, Washington
Track: IS in Education, IS Curriculum, Education and Teaching Cases (SIGED)
Minitrack: Information Technologies in Online Education
Deadline for paper submission :  March 1, 2012: (11:59 PM Pacific time zone)
URL:

 
18th Americas Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS) 2012
August 9-12, 2012  Seattle, Washington
AMCIS 2012 Mini-track: Technology Enhanced Collaborative Learning
Track: IS Curriculum, Education and Teaching Cases (SIGED)
Deadline for paper submission :  March 1, 2012: (11:59 PM Pacific time zone)
URL: ,  Contact : rhadi1[at]uis.edu

18th Americas Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS) 2012
August 9-12, 2012  Seattle, Washington
Track : eGovernment
Mini track : Success Factors and Enablers for the Adoption and Diffusion of e-Government Services
Deadline for paper submission :  March 1, 2012: (11:59 PM Pacific time zone)
URL: http://amcis2012.aisnet.org/index.php/program/tracks-and-minitracks

18th Americas Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS) 2012
August 9-12, 2012  Seattle, Washington
Track: Philosophical Perspectives in IS
Mini track: Socio-Technical Aspects of Information Systems
Deadline for paper submission :  March 1, 2012: (11:59 PM Pacific time zone)
Please contact : Laurence.Brooks[at]brunel.ac.uk or david.wainwright[at]northumbria.ac.uk

 
18th Americas Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS) 2012
August 9-12, 2012  Seattle, Washington
Track: Social Issues and Social Inclusion
Minitrack: The Dark Side of Social Networking -- Social and Ethical Issues
Deadline for paper submission :  March 1, 2012: (11:59 PM Pacific time zone)
URL: http://amcis2012.aisnet.org/ ,  Contact : boxiao[at]comp.hkbu.edu.hk  or ccheung[at]hkbu.edu.hk or ismatlee[at]cityu.edu.hk

18th Americas Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS) 2012
August 9-12, 2012  Seattle, Washington
Minitrack : Mobility and Mobile Information Systems
March 1, 2012    Deadline for paper submissions
Contact : key.pousttchi[at]wiwi.uni-augsburg.de

The 12th Social Study of ICT workshop (SSIT12)
Theme: Health Information Systems: Searching the Past - Finding a Future
Wednesday 18 April 2012, LSE, London
The event is free, but is restricted to 130 participants. All attendees must register 23 March 2012. To secure a place please download an application form.
URL: http://is.lse.ac.uk/newsAndEvents/2012events/SSIT12.htm


10th International Conference on Information Science Technology and Management (CISTM 2012)
Theme: Information Science and Technology in a virtualized world
June 21-22, 2012, SEG, Lisbon, Portugal
Deadline for paper submission :  April 29, 2012
URL: http://www.cistm.org

IFIP Working Group 8.2 Conference: Shaping the Future of ICT Research: Methods and Approaches
December 13-14, 2012 University of South Florida, Tampa, FL
Deadline for paper submission :  1 July,  2012
URL: http://www.ifip82-2012.usf.edu

Open and Social Technologies for Networked Learning
Tallinn, Estonia, July 30 to August 3
Deadline for paper submission:  February 27, 2012.
URL: http://ifip-ost12.tlu.ee/

16th Pacific Asia Conference on Information Systems (PACIS)
Hochiminh City, Vietnam, July 11-15, 2012
Track: Electronic Government
Deadline for paper submission: March 7, 2012
URL: www.pacis2012.org

2nd International Conference on Digital Information and Communication Technology and Its Applications (DICTAP2012)
May 16-18, 2012, Bangkok Thailand
Deadline for paper submission: March 10, 2012
URL: http://www.sdiwc.net/thi/


9TH European, Mediterranean & Middle Eastern Conference on Information Systems (EMCIS2012)
7 - 8 June, 2012 Munich, Germany
Deadline for paper submission (extended) :  February 29, 2012
URL: http://www.emcis.org

Studies/ Colloquium / Seminars/ Mobile news/ IS Cases

Virtual course: International Development Cooperation
Credits: 5 ECTS
Time: 30.3.-30.5.2012
Coordinator: Rebecca Frilund, University of Turku, Finland
Registration Deadline: 15 March 2012
Registration URL: http://www.unipidvirtualstudies.fi/node/35


Examining Inclusive Innovation: A Study of Micro-Entrepreneurs in the Kenyan Mobile Phone Sector Presenter:  Chris Foster - Centre for Development Informatics, University of Manchester
Tuesday 21st February 2012, 1pm-2pm, Harold Hankins Building room 10.05
The seminar is free and open to all; no booking is required.
URL:

NFC: Advancing the Mobile Ecosystem
Event: Mobile World Congress
Tuesday 28th February, 2012 - 12:30 - 15:30 CET
GSMA Seminar Theatre,Fira Montjuic, Barcelona
For more information and to register for Mobile World Congress 2012 please click here.
URL: www.gsm.org


Mobile Agriculture: The Market Opportunity
Event: Mobile World Congress
Tuesday 28th February 2012, 17.30- 18.30
GSMA Seminar Theatre, Hall 2.1, Fira Montjuïc, Barcelona
For more information and to register for Mobile World Congress 2012 please click here.
URL: www.gsm.org Also at  http://www.gsma.com/magri/

World Bank ICT Week: Live webcast of the forthcoming ICT events at the World Bank
ICT Sector Day on February 23
February 23, 28, 29 and March 1, 2012
Knowledge Exchange on Open Government on February 28 and ICT Learning Days, February 29 and March 1

Live Webcast at: www.worldbank.org/edevelopment/live 


Berkman  (Harvard University) Luncheon Series : Online Consultation and Democratic Information Flow

Tuesday, February 28, 12:30pm ET,
Berkman Center for Internet & Society, 23 Everett St, Cambridge, MA.
This event will be webcast live at 12:30 pm ET and archived on our site shortly after.

Doctoral Colloquium: 2012 Digital Government Conference
June 4, 2012, University of Maryland College Park (Maryland, USA)
Deadline : March 1, 2012.
URL: http://www.dgo2012.dgsna.org/

Agile Development in International Development - Learning From Software Development
Please click here for details. 

ICT in Primary Schools are Learning Tools, Not Tools to be Learned
Please click here for details

Worldreader:  e-books and e-readers in developing countries
Presenter: Dr.  Jonathan D. Wareham,  Worldreader - Spanish Foundation Board, Vice Dean & Professor ESADE - Ramon Llull University Barcelona, Spain
Wednesday, February 22, 2012, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
URL: http://www.worldreader.org

2012 Summer Research Institute for the Science of Socio-Technical Systems
The Bishop’s Lodge Resort, Santa Fe, NM, USA
Application: Screening begins March 9th, 2012
Eligibility: Advanced doctoral students, post-doctoral scholars and pre-tenure faculty at US-based institutions
Notification: Early April 2012
Cost: reasonable expenses will be covered for all accepted participants
For further information please visit www.sociotech.net, e-mail bsbutler@umd.edu

Fail Faire @ ICTD2012
Monday, March 12, 2012 Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA
Failure.  What does it mean for ICTD research to fail? How can we learn from 'failed' research projects? At the FAILFaire@ICTD2012 we invite people to an open and interactive discussion about the nature of failure in ICTD research, using presentations about specific cases as a starting point for dialogue. Please RSVP to attend FAILFaire ICTD2012 if you want to particpate without the stress of presentation.

APCICT and partners in Indonesia organize ICTD for Youth workshop
Rounding out a month full of ICTD for youth activities, APCICT and the University of Indonesia will deliver a Primer Series Training of Trainers Workshop in Jakarta, Indonesia on 27-29 February. Over 30 professors and trainers from 5 universities in Indonesia and the National University of Timor-Leste, will receive training on Primer 1 and develop strategies to implement and deliver the resource to youth in their institutions. Click here for more information.

10th Oxford Internet Institute Summer Doctoral Programme
The deadline for this year's tenth Oxford Internet Institute Summer Doctoral Programme is fast approaching, so if you know any good PhD students who could benefit from two weeks' intensive study of cutting edge Internet-related social science research please make sure they get their application in by 23rd February , 2012.
Full information available at: http://www.oii.ox.ac.uk/teaching/sdp/Y2012.cfm


Vacancies/ PhD/Research positions


Doctoral studentship in Informatics with an information security profile at Orebro University School of Business, Sweden

As a doctoral student you will study the use of sensor technology and  intelligent systems for the monitoring of the elderly in their home  environments from an information security perspective. The aim is to contribute to the development of secure sensor technology and secure  intelligent systems that also respect privacy. In this context, secure  refers to such use of sensor technology and intelligent systems that  safeguards the information collected as confidential, not subject to  modification, and accessible. With privacy being a much debated concept,  there lays a great challenge in balancing privacy together with other important values, such as accessible information. The research project will in part include data collection in Swedish. For more information and further details of the programme, please contact Fredrik Karlsson (Informatics)    ( +46 19-30 39 94)
URL: http://oru.se/English/About-the-University/Vacancies/

Doctoral studentship in the ‘design and development of social media applications’ at Uppsala University, Sweden
Department of Informatics and Media, Uppsala University, Sweden
Application deadline: March 1, 2012.
More information: http://www2.personalavd.uu.se/ledigaplatser/262Phd.html


Doctoral studentship in MIS at Syracuse University, USA
Whitman School of Management,  Syracuse University
Deadline: February 15, 2012
URL: http://whitman.syr.edu/PhD/  If you have any questions, please contact Prof. Vitharana at padmal[at]syr.edu

 

Grants /Fellowships/Funding/Awards/Competition


Spider ICT4D Research Grants

SPIDER/SIDA offers grants for research related to ongoing Spider-supported ICT4D projects in democracy, education, and health in 2012. The research should be undertaken by researchers based in Sweden together with researchers in the project country. The aim of this research is to facilitate knowledge production in ICT4D, while strengthening ongoing and future ICT4D activities. Next deadline for submission of expression of interest is 15 March 2012 and for full applications 16 April 2012.
For more information : http://www.spidercenter.org/research

Submit your innovation to create microwork jobs in developing countries
m2Work: From millions of tasks to thousands of jobs
Deadline : April 2, 2012
InfoDev and Nokia IdeasProject launch global competition to drive innovation in mobile microwork and create jobs.
For more details : http://www.idisc.net/en/Article.39248.html

10th Hilti Fellowship
Spend Your Winter Term 2012/13 Abroad - Apply for the Hilti Fellowship Award
Application Deadline: May 1, 2012
Hilti awards the most talented Master students in Information Systems (IS) from around the globe with a truly unique fellowship program: The Hilti Fellowship is a combination of practical training at Hilti and academic learning at the University of Liechtenstein, designed to set the cornerstone for a successful future. As such, it combines a stay abroad with a challenging work experience, and the possibility to continue and deepen your Master studies at the same time.
URL: http://www.uni.li/hilti-fellowship

Research Grant Competition - Spring 2012 Round  
Submission deadline: 12 April 2012
Click here for more information.

African Union Research Grants  
Submission deadline: 20 April 2012 
Click here for more information.

EADI Prize for Excellence in Development Studies 2012
Submission deadline: April 30, 2012
URL: http://www.eadi.org/training/eadi-for-students/eadi-prize-2012.html

UN –IAS PhD and Postdoctoral fellowships 2012
Organized by : UNU-IAS in Yokohama and its operating unit in Kanazawa (UNU-IAS OUIK)
URL: http://www.ias.unu.edu/sub_page.aspx?catID=6&ddlID=756

Global South Scholar-In-Residence Programme  in Geneva 
Application deadlines: March 1, 2012 for Residence in the Fall 2012; 1st of October 2012 for Residence in the Spring 2012
This fellowship is open to outstanding young professors from universities from developing and emerging countries pursuing advanced research in areas bridging the fields of international and development studies, broadly defined, and working in disciplines such as anthropology, history, law, politics and political science, and economics.
URL: http://graduateinstitute.ch/corporate/institute/visiting/in_residence_en.html

Internet Society’s Grants Programme
Submission deadline : March 30, 2012
To prepare for this application round, we will be holding two information sessions via WebEx on February 21 at 1030 and 2000 UTC.   More information on the Q&A sessions can be found at http://www.internetsociety.org/events/chapter-events?p=1460
Any questions regarding the Community Grants Programme, please send them to projects[at]isoc.org.

Carl J. Couch Internet Research Award 2012
Application deadline is April 30, 2012. Notification of award will be sent by June 15.
The Carl Couch Center issues an annual call for student-authored papers to be considered for Carl J. Couch Internet Research Award. The Couch Center welcomes both theoretical and empirical papers that (1) apply symbolic interactionist approaches to internet studies, (2) demonstrate interactive relationships between social interaction and communication technologies, and/or (3) develop symbolic interactionist concepts in new directions.
URL: http://www.cccsir.com/award_cc.htm

Spider ICT4D Research Grants

E-mail sent by M Sirajul Islam, Tuesday, 14th February 2012 @ 5:39pm

We (Spider/SIDA) offer grants for research related to ongoing Spider-supported ICT4D projects in democracy, education, and health in 2012. The research should be undertaken by researchers based in Sweden together with researchers in the project country. The aim of this research is to facilitate knowledge production in ICT4D, while strengthening ongoing and future ICT4D activities.

[Please note that this call is also available at http://www.spidercenter.org/research]

Applying:

Researchers in ICT4D associated with Spider partner universities (PhD students and researchers holding PhD degree or equivalent) submit an expression of interest (see below). Spider will review submissions in consultation with the project partners concerned. Researchers with interesting and relevant proposals will be asked to prepare a full application (see below).

List of partner universities 


Spider-supported projects that are relevant for these research grants are:

Improving Reproductive and Child health services through ICT (Tanzania)

SMS for Human Rights (Tanzania)

M-Governance: Exploring conditions for successful Mobile Governance in Kenya (Kenya)

Reforms through citizen participation and government accountability (Kenya)

ICTs for the construction of democracy in Bolivia (Bolivia)

Spider is in the process of starting up some projects in Cambodia on democracy, education, and health. Interested researchers are encouraged to contact us for more information on these projects.

Timing:

Next deadline for submission of expression of interest is 15 March 2012 and for full applications 16 April 2012. The decision on funded applications will be announced on the web and by e-mail by 30 April 2012. Please send your expression of interest to iskra@spidercenter.org.

Scope:

The maximum amount granted is SEK 100 000, to be used in 2012. The grant can be used to cover travel and upkeep, local salaries, and other research-related costs for Swedish based and partner country researchers.

Selection criteria:

The emphasis is on the relevance of the research to the ongoing project(s), relevance to ICT4D, innovativeness of the research, proposed research methods, expected results and indicators for their measurement, the level of balance between Swedish and partner country researchers, as well as scientific merits of the collaborators.

Expression of Interest:

A brief note describing the research questions and method, their relation to the project, the collaborating researchers and indicative budget is submitted by the principal researcher. Spider will inform the applicant if the proposed research is accepted by the project partners and ask the principal researcher to submit a full application. Download expression of interest form.

Application:

A more detailed form together with annexes containing the CV of the researchers and detailed description of the research is submitted in electronic form, along with a hard copy. 

Contract:

Support to research will be based on a contractual agreement between Spider and the partner University of the principal researcher, specifying scope, budget, allocation, disbursement, implementation, and reporting.

Reporting:

The principal researcher is responsible for scientific and financial reporting to Spider, electronically and in hard copy. S/he is also responsible for the technical and administrative coordination of the project. Spider encourages multimedia formats of reporting, combining textual, audio, and visual material.

Auditing:

The grant must be audited by an external, independent and qualified auditor, following Spider’s Financial Audit Guidelines. Swedish public authorities and public universities can use their internal auditors if these are independent and authorized (Certified Internal Auditor, Swedish National Audit Officer or FAR). Unused project funds must be reimbursed to Spider.

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Cfp: IPID ICT4D Annual Symposium 2012, Kristiansand, Norway (5th - 6th Sept, 2012)

E-mail sent by M Sirajul Islam, Monday, 13th February 2012 @ 9:23pm

Call for Paper : IPID ICT4D Symposium 2012

University of Agder (UiA), Kristiansand, Norway
Wednesday, 5th September 2012 at 9am - 4pm Thursday, 6th September

The 7th Annual Symposium of the International Network for Postgraduate Students in the area of ICT4D (IPID) will be held 5-6 September, 2012 at University of Agder (UiA), Kristiansand, Norway. IPID is a network of postgraduate students doing research in ICT4D and operates through inter alia support to doctoral and master students and increased visibility at international conferences. The network is administered by the School of Business (Informatics) at the Örebro University and funded by the SPIDER/SIDA.

Like previous years, the 2012 symposium will provide postgraduate researchers with the opportunity to present their work to a diverse audience and gain valuable experience. It is also an opportunity for young scientists to network and engage with international ICT4D scholars . The symposium will consist of two parts - paper presentations and interactive panels focusing on both professional and academic related questions (e.g. getting published, working in the field of ICT4D, ethical and moral issues in ICT4D research and implications/possibilities of ICT for Development). The aim is to have creative and friendly days where we can discuss and help each other.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

• Bridging the digital divide
• Applications of ICT for development
• Mobile technology for development
• ICTs role in development practice
• Theoretical frameworks
• Methodological applications in ICTD research
• Gender issues and ICT4D
• Evaluation of ICT4D projects and research
• Sustainability and scalability of ICT4D projects

Paper submission

We ask for short papers and are interested in both practical and theoretical papers, completed as well as research in progress. Papers should be submitted in Word format and not exceed 3500 words. All papers will be reviewed by the organizing committee for quality and relevance. Please send your papers to M. Sirajul Islam (sirajul.islam@oru.se). So as to maximise the number of post-graduate papers at the conference, actual presentations will be restricted to 15 minutes.

All accepted papers will be published on the IPID website (http://www.ipid.se or http://www.electronicgovernment.se/ipid/).

Best paper awards

Up to three papers will be selected as the best papers of the symposium. Initial screening will be done by the organizing committee and then a panel of senior researchers within the field will select the best of the short-listed papers.

Panel suggestions

If you would like to convene a panel discussion, please send an email to M. Sirajul Islam (sirajul.islam@oru.se) stating the title of the panel, a short description and suggested panel members.

Keynote speakers

To be announced

Important dates

Deadline for paper submission : 2012-06-15
Notification of acceptance : 2012-07-20
Early-bird registration ends : 2012-08-15
Registration ends : 2012-08-30
Symposium : 5-6 September 2012

Registration:

To be announced

Travel grants 

Travel grants will be awarded to the participants with accepted papers. Application details will be announced later.

Further enquiries

If you have any questions about this symposium, please contact any of the organizers below:

Organizing committee

- M. Sirajul Islam, IPID Coordinator (sirajul.islam@oru.se)
- Annika Andersson, Örebro University (annika.andersson@oru.se)
- Mathias Hatakka, Örebro University (mathias.hatakka@oru.se)

- Dr. Devinder Thapa, Research Fellow, Dept. of Information Systems, University of Agder, Norway (devinder.thapa@uia.no)

Symposium Chair:

Åke Grönlund, Professor, Informatics, Örebro University, School of Business, Sweden

Submit your innovation to create microwork jobs in developing countries

E-mail sent by M Sirajul Islam, Thursday, 2nd February 2012 @ 9:29pm

 

m2Work: From millions of tasks to thousands of jobs

Submit your innovation to create microwork jobs in developing countries by April 2, 2012

Washington D.C. – 1 February 2012 - m2Work, which is launched today, is your chance to shape the future of microwork and to make a difference for hundreds of thousands of potential microworkers in developing countries. Microwork refers to small digital tasks people can perform anywhere to supplement their income.

Currently, microworkers need access to computers, which are expensive and require infrastructure. But if they could work on their mobile phones, considering the approximately 5 billion mobile phones in developing countries, this could have enormous job creation potential in the developing world.

This is why we want you to submit an idea before April 2, 2012 for a mobile microwork application that has market potential and can have a meaningful impact. Your idea needs to tackle an existing problem or need that can be addressed by microwork. You can submit it alone or as part of a team. You are also invited to be a part of discussions on other ideas from the m2Work community.

m2Work is a worldwide challenge and a joint project of infoDev and Nokia’s IdeasProject, and supported by UKaid. infoDev, a global partnership program in the World Bank, uses its vast network of Mobile Applications Labs (mLabs) and business incubators to help tech entrepreneurs every step of the way, from a seed-stage idea to a thriving start-up that creates sustainable jobs. The m2Work challenge wants to fuel the race for the best ideas, and to spark a goal-oriented, global discussion about mobile microwork.

With individual cash prizes of up to US$20,000, we have assembled a high-profile jury consisting of representatives of Nokia, the World Bank, academia, the microwork industry and the wider technology investment sector, who will select the prize winners. They will judge all submissions based on the criteria of potential development impact, innovativeness, feasibility and clarity of presentation.

The six finalists, who will receive coaching before a final pitching event, will be announced at the end of April. The grand prize will be awarded in the summer.


For more information, visit m2Work’s official website, www.ideasproject.com/m2Work

Contact person: Nicolas Friederici (infoDev / World Bank), email: nfriederici@worldbank.org

Call for short concept notes by Africa-based researchers for ICTD2012

E-mail sent by M Sirajul Islam, Wednesday, 1st February 2012 @ 2:39pm

This is a call for short (1-2 pager) concept notes by Africa-based researchers for ICTD2012!

As a follow up to the 2010 Panel on ICT and Development in Africa at ICTD2010 London, a group of Africa-based researchers gathered in the lunch hall of the Royal Holloway Hub and there began the first gathering of the ICTD Africa Researchers Network.  This is a group of African or Africa-based scholars determined to improve the academic ICTD research being produced in Africa.

The group focuses on the following goals: 1) amplifying individual voices and raising the visibility of African ICTD researchers; 2) creating a space for researchers to tell their own story; 3) shaping ICTD discourse on quality research and acceptable publication options; and 4) improving quality of research and publication output from Africa, ultimately with the goal of closing the participation gap in ICTD research.

This session will provide a space to collaborate practically on research ideas and quality with the goal of producing short papers for future publication.

If you wish to join us, please send your 1-2 pager to Kathleen (digakathleen@gmail.com) or Bobby (bobby@kancms.org )  We (IARN) have limited spaces due to room size so be sure to secure you spot in the session with your concept note. 

You are also welcome to join the ICTD African Researchers Network listserv by requesting an invitation to ictd-researchers-in-africa-network@googlegroups.com

This will be the first event within the ICTD conference to target Africa-based research collaboration. It creates space to showcase Africa-based work.  This session provides opportunities to exchange knowledge on how to polish research so that it meets the standards of international conferences. This session will allow for collective representation of research being done at African institutions. In improving the visibility of researchers based in Africa, we hope that work which has been previously missed will make ICTD more fulfilling in its goal of featuring research originating in the developing world. 

Any ICTD Africa research you want to brainstorm or discuss, kindly send your brief 1-2 pager to us by 15 Feb 2012. 

We look forward to hearing from Africa!  Brought to you by the organizing team:

ICTD African Researchers Network (IARN),  Kathleen Diga, Paul Plantinga, Robert Kabutey Okine, Shikoh Gitau, Jessica Colaco, David Hutchful, Ilda Ladeira, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa; Monash University, Johannesburg, South Africa; Kwame  Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Ghana;  Research @iHub , Nairobi, Kenya; Grameen Foundation.

IPID bimonthly Newsletter Nr. 02/2012

E-mail sent by M Sirajul Islam, Tuesday, 31st January 2012 @ 9:24pm

CALL for papers/Chapters/ Conferences/workshops/Symposiums/PARTICIPATION  


# Call for paper : IPID ICT4D Annual Symposium 2012

5th - 6th Sept, 2012, Kristiansand, Norway
Deadline for paper submission : 2012-06-15

CfP for IPID ICT4D Annual Symposium 2012 has been announced. Postgraduate (PhD and masters ) students doing research in ICT4D are most welcome to attend this symposium. Please note that this event will be held in parallel to IFIP eGov/ePart conference 2012. For more details, please visit at    Travel scholarships are available for the authors with accepted papers.


# IDIA2012 Conference : Alleviating Digital Poverty with ICT innovation in emerging economies. Will ICT Rights make a difference?

6-8 September 2012, Istanbul, Turkey
Submission Deadline : February 28, 2012
URL: http://developmentinformatics.org/conferences/2012/6th.html

# 9th International Conference on Mobile Web Information Systems (MobiWIS)
August 27-29, 2012, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada
Submission Deadline: February 10, 2012
URL:  http://www.mobiwis.org/2012/

# eLearning-2.0-2012
June 7th - 8th, 2012, Brunel University, UK
Submission of title and abstract of presentation deadline: February  10, 2012
URL: www.elearning2.org

# Healthcare ICT track at MCIS 2012
The 7th Mediterranean Conference on Information Systems (MCIS)
September 8-10, 2012, Guimares, Portugal
Submission deadline : March 9th, 2012
URL: http://eventseer.net/e/17069/126954/

# EGOVIS & EDEM 2012: Advancing Democracy, Government and Governance
September 3 - 7, 2012, Vienna, Austria
Submission deadline: March 2, 2012
URL:  http://www.dexa.org/egovisedem2012

# 16th Pacific Asia Conference on Information Systems (PACIS)
Track: Electronic Government
July 11-15, 2012, Hochiminh City, Vietnam
Submission deadline : March 7,  2012
URL: www.pacis2012.org

# Action Design Research Workshop
12th – 13th March, 2012, Aalto University School of Economics, Helsinki, Finland
Instructors:  Maung Sein, Ola Henfridsson, Sandeep Purao, Matti Rossi, Rikard Lindgren
Registration for the workshop is free and will include lunches and refreshments.  However, space is limited. Interested participants should contact Matti Rossi (matti.rossi@aalto.fi ) for more information.

 # ICTD 2012 - It's Time to Register!

If you have not already done so, it is time to register for ICTD2012. With less than two months to go before opening day, we have an exciting and dynamic program slated for the 4-day conference.  On Monday, March 12th, and Thursday, March 15th, attendees will be able to choose from nearly 40 Open Sessions (panels, workshops, and more) and 29 demos presented by practitioners and academic institutions from across the globe.  In addition, joint with the co-located ACM DEV conference, David Kobia, Co-Founder and Director of Technology Development for Ushahidi, will give a keynote speech on Monday. On Tuesday, March 13th, and Wednesday, March 14th, ICTD 2012 will offer a slate of 38 peer-reviewed papers in plenary and poster presentation. We are also pleased to welcome the Honorable Omobola Johnson, Minister of Communication and Technology, Federal Republic of Nigeria as keynote speaker on Tuesday. More information can be found on our website at www.ictd2012.org, including registration instructions and links to hotel accommodations.  For further questions, please contact us at .


IS CASES/Mobile news/Studies


# Directory of Mobile Business Courses

Available at http://www.massey.ac.nz/~dviehlan/mobile_business_course_directory.pdf


# APCICT Publishes Version 2.0 of Flagship ICTD Capacity Development Programme

Please visit at http://www.unapcict.org/news/apcict-publishes-version-2.0-of-flagship-ictd-capacity-development-programme-launches-module-9-on-the-apcict-virtual-academy-and-publishes-cis-case-studies/


# ICTD Case Studies from the CIS
Working to enhance knowledge sharing within Central-Asia, APCICT today published a volume of ICTD case studies from the Commonwealth of Independent States and Russian Speaking Countries. The case studies, available in both English and Russian, explore a variety of issues such as e-Health, e-Commerce, e-Governance and e-Learning.  The case studies share the experiences and lessons learned of ICTD practitioners from Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.

# The Oxford Handbook of Management Information Systems: Critical Perspectives and New Directions
Edited by Robert D Galliers and Wendy L Currie
Oxford University Press: 752 pages
Available at : http://www.oup.com/us/catalog/general/subject/Business/Management/TechnologyManagement/?view=usa&sf=toc&ci=9780199580583
http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/product/9780199580583.do

# Ghanaian Farmers Use Solar Mobile Phone Chargers to Save Time and Costs
Farmers of over 40 farmers cooperatives in Ghana’s northern region will start using solar energy to charge their mobile phones. This saves them costs and valuable time. This initiative is supported by IICD’s consortium partner Cordaid in close collaboration with IICD. For details, http://www.iicd.org/articles/ghanaian-farmers-use-solar-chargers-for-their-phones

# Mobile health booming, but challenges to overcome
Although mobile health (mhealth) is booming throughout the world, there are still challenges to create sustainable business models. This was the main conclusion of the mHealth summit in Washington that IICD attended in December. For details http://www.iicd.org/articles/mobile-health-booming-but-challenges-to-overcome

# Farmers in Peru Share Organic Farming Expertise via Internet
Farmer Freddy and other Peruvian farmers learned organic production methods to make their produce healthier, better for family consumption, easier to sell and more respectful of the environment. Now with the help of the Heifer foundation and IICD, family and community based organic production methods will reach even more farmers. For details http://www.iicd.org/articles/farmers-in-peru-share-organic-farming-expertise-via-internet


Vacancies/ PhD/Post-Doc positions:

# Doctoral studentship in Informatics with an information security profile at Orebro University School of Business, Sweden
As a doctoral student you will study the use of sensor technology and  intelligent systems for the monitoring of the elderly in their home  environments from an information security perspective. The aim is to contribute to the development of secure sensor technology and secure  intelligent systems that also respect privacy. In this context, secure  refers to such use of sensor technology and intelligent systems that  safeguards the information collected as confidential, not subject to  modification, and accessible. With privacy being a much debated concept,  there lays a great challenge in balancing privacy together with other important values, such as accessible information. The research project will in part include data collection in Swedish. For more information and further details of the programme, please contact Fredrik Karlsson (Informatics)    ( +46 19-30 39 94) 

# Uppsala University, Sweden declares doctoral studentships
Two doctoral studentships at the Department of Informatics and Media
Employment commences: 1 September 2012, or by agreement.
Application should be received by no later than 1 April 2012
Full information about the positions is available via http://www2.personalavd.uu.se/ledigaplatser/1727475ENG.html

# Doctoral studies in Information Management at Maastricht University
PhD student positions are funded for a period of four years and are open to students with strong interests in both research and teaching. The program consists of two years of course work followed by the pursuit of high quality, independent research. Interested candidates are invited to send a motivational essay, a current CV, copies of transcripts, and GRE/GMAT scores (if available) to Brent Furneaux (b.furneaux@maastrichtuniversity.nl <mailto:b.furneaux@maastrichtuniversity.nl> ). General information concerning the university and our programs is also available at our website (http://www.maastrichtuniversity.nl/web/Faculties/SBE.htm).

# The 12 Best ICT4D Job Ads Websites
ICT4DJOBS.COM compiles a list of 12 best websites to find a great ICT job in Africa and other international development hotspots. For details, please click here.

# Some ICT4D related jobs
SMS Technologies Project Manager, Location : MSU Support Office, Kampala,Uganda
Technology Officer, Jhpiego, Nairobi, Kenya
Internship, mEducation Alliance, Washington DC
ICT4D Technical Adviser, IICD, The Netherlands

IPID bimonthly Newsletter Nr. 01/2012

E-mail sent by M Sirajul Islam, Monday, 16th January 2012 @ 9:25pm

Dear IPID member,

Here is IPID bimonthly Newsletter Nr. 01/2012 ! 

Please visit our website at www.ipid.se / http://www.electronicgovernment.se/ipid/ for upcoming activities of IPID.


[Apologies for potential cross postings]

Call for papers/Chapters/ Conferences/workshops/Symposiums/Participation

# Call for paper : IPID ICT4D Annual Symposium 2012 5th - 6th Sept, 2012, Kristiansand, Norway
Deadline for paper submission : 2012-06-15

CfP for IPID ICT4D Annual Symposium 2012 has been announced. Postgraduate (PhD and masters ) students  doing research in ICT4D are most welcome to attend this symposium. Please note that this event will be held in parallel to IFIP eGov/ePart conference 2012.  For more details, please click on http://groupspaces.com/ipid/item/229187

# 11th IFIP Electronic Government Conference (IFIP EGOV 2012)
(Co-located with the 4th IFIP ePart conference)

University of Agder, Kristiansand, Norway
Submission of papers:  4 March 2012
Submission of workshop/panel proposals:  15 April 2012
Submissions to PhD colloquium:  15 May 2012

Conference : September 3 to 6, 2012
http://www.egov-conference.org/egov-2012

# CALL FOR PARTICIPATION : SWEG 2012 - 9th Scandinavian Workshop on E-government

February 9-10, 2012, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark.

http://www.cbs.dk/sweg2012

# 6th International Conference on Theory and Practice of Electronic Governance (ICEGOV2012)

22 - 25 October 2012. Albany, New York

Submission Deadline - 2 April 2012

www.icegov.org

# 13th Annual International Conference on Digital Government Research (dg.o 2012) 

University of Maryland, College Park MD
Monday- Thursday, June 4-7, 2012
Website:
http://dgo2012.dgsna.org
General inquiries:
dgo2012@easychair.org
Submission due: Jan 22, 2012

Paper submissions: http://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=dgo2012

# The Fourth International Conference on Networked Digital Technologies (NDT2012)
April 24-26, 2012
The Canadian University of Dubai, Dubai – UAE

Paper submission: January 20, 2012
http://www.ndtconf.org

# Call for Book Chapter Proposals: Politics in the Information Age

Extended Deadlines Jan. 31, 2012

Editors: Jonathan Bishop and Ashu M. G. Solo
Publisher: Springer Science+Business Media, LLC (Springer)
Publisher Web Site:
http://springer.com
Web Site for Call for Chapter Proposals:
http://polnetics.com

# AMCIS 2012 Call for Papers, Minitrack: Information Technology in Transition Economies
Track: ICTs in Global Development (sponsored by SIGGlobDev)
August 9-12, 2012, Seattle, Washington

Deadline for paper submissions : March 1, 2012
http://amcis2012.aisnet.org/

# CFP: AMCIS 2012 Minitrack on Contemporary Issues in Agile Development

August 9-12, 2012, Seattle, Washington

Deadline for paper submissions : March 1, 2012
http://amcis2012.aisnet.org/

# CFP : MINI-TRACK: Success Factors and Enablers for the Adoption and Diffusion of e-Government Services

August 9-12, 2012, Seattle, Washington
Deadline for paper submissions : March 1, 2012
http://amcis2012.aisnet.org/

# CFP: Pacific Asia Workshop on Intelligence and Security Informatics ( PAISI 2012)
(to be held in conjunction with PAKDD 2012)
May 29, 2012, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Submission due: January 13, 2012

http://www.business.hku.hk/paisi/2012/

# CFP: 11th International Workshop on Web Semantics and Information Processing (WebS 2012)
in conjunction with DEXA 2012, 23rd International Conference on Database and Expert Systems Applications
03-07 September 2012, Vienna, Austria
Paper submission: March 02, 2012

http://www.faw.jku.at/wwoess/webs/webs.html
http://www.dexa.org/

# 7th Iberian Conference on Information Systems and Technologies
June 20-23, 2012, Madrid, Spain
http://www.aisti.eu/cisti2012/index.php?lang=en

# 13th European Conference on Knowledge Management (ECKM-2012)

6-7 September 2012

Universidad Politicnica de Cartagena, Spain
Submission due : 16 February 2012

http://academic-conferences.org/eckm/eckm2012/eckm12-call-papers.htm

 
# Call for Papers : Mobile and Wireless Technologies and Applications

Submission deadline: 1 February 2012
http://www.computer.org/portal/web/computingnow/itcfp5

# 13th Annual International and Interdisciplinary Conference of the Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR)
October 18-21, 2012
University of Salford, MediaCity, UK

Submissions Due: 1 March 2012

http://www. aoir.org

# 21th European Conference on Information Systems ECIS 2013 – Beyond Borders
June 5-8, 2013, Utrecht, the Netherlands

Email track proposal to ecis2013@lists.science.uu.nl as soon as possible, but no later than February 1st, 2012
www.ecis2013.nl

# CALL FOR BOOK CHAPTER PROPOSALS : Human-Centered System Design for Electronic Governance

Proposal Submission Deadline: January 30, 2012

Inquiries and submissions can be forwarded electronically (Word document) or by mail to: Saqib Saeed, Department of Information Studies and New Media, University of Siegen, Germany.

E-mail: saqib.saeed@uni-siegen.de

To be published by IGI Global:
http://www.igi-global.com/authorseditors/authoreditorresources/callforbookchapters/callforchapterdetails.aspx?callforcontentid=0b637cc6-4876-4fbc-b718-957fa6037be0


Mobile news/Cases
 
 

# Avoiding the Digital Divide Hype in Using Mobile Phones for Development

To all of you digital divide warriors out there – nice work. With over 483 million mobile phone subscriptions in low-income countries - an estimated 44.9% penetration rate, few will deny the success of your efforts to expand mobile technology in the developing world. Rapid mobile growth rates further exhibit success in dissemination, and stats such as, “There are more mobile phones than toilets in India,“ and “There are more mobile phones than light bulbs in Uganda,” make us smile and feel all warm and fuzzy inside.  For more details, please click here.  

# Revolutionizing ICT and Agribusiness: A Conversation with M-Farm CEO Jamila Abass

M-Farm, a Kenyan SME that continues to transform agriculture, was named by infoDev as a Top 20 Access to Market and Finance selectee. This highlight celebrates the story of M-Farm's founder and CEO Jamila Abass, tracing the development of an exciting and growing initiative. For more details http://www.idisc.net/en/Article.39230.html

 
# The top-10 e-Agriculture Community in 2011

Please read the details at http://www.e-agriculture.org/news/january-newsletter-year-review-2011

 

Studies/ Courses/Seminars/ Colloquiums/Graduate symposiums/  

# Top Ten ICT4D Conferences of 2012

It seems that we need some sort of clearing house for scheduling ICT4D conferences. A quick review of events already announced for 2012 reveals that we have some ICT4D Conference Clashes this year. If you are still planning your event then perhaps consider either avoiding the second half of March and May or maybe piggy-back on someone else’s event – by scheduling in the same town on the days immediately preceding of following an existing event – so that we can reduce the environmental and financial costs of attending international conferences …… Please read the details at http://laptopburns.wordpress.com/2012/01/05/top-ten-ict4d-conferences-2012/

# Top 10 ICT4D Trends in 2011: Did your predictions come true?

This was an amazing and surprising year for ICT4D, as evidenced by how off the 2011 predictions look now that the year has passed.  Rather than analyzing each prediction and what went awry with crystal balls, here is the list of the top topics on ICTworks in 2011. The top 10 list is indicative of the overall trends in the technology industry through the lens of the ICTworks readership, which is mainly ICT4D practitioners in the US, Africa, and Europe (in that order). While you review this past year, be brave and send in your predictions for 2012 - we'll be publishing those in the new year. Click here for more.

# Latest issue of EJISDC is now online

The latest issue of EJISDC  ( Vol 50) has been published. The articles are selected from papers presented at the International Development Informatics Associate (IDIA) conference which took place in Cape Town (3rd - 5th November 2010). The theme of the conference was Exploring Success and Failure in Development Informatics: Innovation, Research and Practice.The articles in this issue cover wide-ranging topics related to development informatics.  For more details, please visit www.ejisdc.org

# e-learning module on ICT for disaster risk management

APCICT will launch Module 9 of the “Academy of ICT Essentials for Government Leaders Programme”, on the Centre’s online, distance learning platform, the APCICT Virtual Academy. Module 9 examines the use of ICT in disaster risk reduction, and is designed to help government officials and development stakeholders use ICT in their local, national and regional disaster risk management frameworks. Module 9 of the Academy was first launched in October 2011, during APCICT’s Second Asia-Pacific Regional Forum on ICT Human Capacity Development. Please visit at http://e-learning.unapcict.org/HTML/index.html


Vacancies/ PhD/Post-Doc positions

# PhD and DBA candidates to research topics on ICTs/information systems and socio-economic development at the University of Manchester, UK

The Centre for Development Informatics at the University of Manchester is seeking high-quality PhD and DBA candidates to research topics on ICTs/information systems and socio-economic development. Some scholarships are available for those starting in September 2012; deadline dates vary but many require application before end January 2012. Further details about application and scholarships can be found at: http://www.cdi.manchester.ac.uk/postgraduate/


# PhD in Management Information Systems (MIS) at Syracuse University, USA

Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University invites prospective students to its Ph.D. program in Management Information Systems (MIS). Accepted students will be fully and competitively funded by the school. Profiles of our MIS faculty and their research areas are listed at:
http://whitman.syr.edu/FacultyResearch/Faculty/Directory.asp#2<http://whitman.syr.edu/FacultyResearch/Faculty/Directory.asp> Interested candidates should send their application material by February 15, 2012 (see PhD program website below), and applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Details about our Ph.D. program and the application process are available at: http://whitman.syr.edu/PhD/

# PhD at Temple University, USA

The Fox School of Business and Management at Temple University invites prospective students to apply for its exciting PhD program in Management Information Systems (MIS). All qualified students receive full financial support including tuition and stipend.  The application deadline for the program is Febuary 1. To learn more and apply, please visit http://community.mis.temple.edu/programs/phd-in-mis/. Please contact Pei-yu Chen at pychen@temple.edu if you have any questions regarding the program.

 # POST-doctoral and PHD fellowships at the United Nations University

An essential part of the application for both the PhD and Postdoctoral fellowships is a research proposal outlining the intended work. The research during the fellowship should be of professional interest to the applicant and of direct relevance to the research agenda of their selected UNU-IAS or UNU-ISP programme. Applicants are therefore highly encouraged to familiarize themselves with UNU-IAS and UNU-ISP research areas. Research proposals should clearly relate to one of the current Research Programmes at UNU-IAS and UNU-ISP. For more details http://www.ias.unu.edu/sub_page.aspx?catID=6&ddlID=756

# Harvard University Internet & Society Summer Internship Program 2012

Each summer the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University swings open the doors of our big yellow house to welcome a group of talented and curious students as full-time interns - Berkterns!- who are passionate about the promise of the Internet. Finding connected and complementary research inquiries among their diverse backgrounds, students represent all levels of study, are being trained in disciplines across the board, and come from universities all over the world to tackle issues related to the core of Berkman’s research agenda, including law, technology, innovation, and knowledge; the relationship between Internet and civic activity; and technology, law, and development. The application deadline for all students for Summer 2012 isSunday, February 12 2012 at 11:59 p.m. ET. Questions? Email Rebecca Tabasky at rtabasky@cyber.law.harvard.edu. For more information http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/


Scholarships/Grants /Funding/Awards/Competition

# Travel scholarshipsFieldwork in Africa

Researchers associated with universities, colleges and other research institutions in the Nordic countries (= Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden) can apply for the scholarships regardless of citizenship. The scholarships are intended for MA and PhD candidates. Applicants should have completed their basic academic education (=Bachelor degree). The Travel Scholarships are awarded once per year and applications mailed to Nordiska Afrikainstitutet must be in by 31 January. NAI does not accept applications sent by e-mail or fax. For more details http://www.nai.uu.se/scholarships/travel/

 # USAID Request for Proposals: All Children Reading Grand Challenge for Development

Closing Date for Applications: Jan 31, 2012

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID), and World Vision (collectively referred to as the “Founding Partners”) are seeking game-changing innovations with the potential to dramatically improve reading skills and low literacy rates among primary grade children. Through a multi-year initiative called All Children Reading: A Grand Challenge for Development (ACR), the Founding Partners will collaborate to achieve the goal of global action to improve child literacy. While recognizing that there are many factors required to improve student learning outcomes in primary grade reading, the Founding Partners have established the All Children Reading Competition to focus on two needs that are both important and largely unmet in low- and lower- middle income countries: teaching and learning materials and education data. To read more, please click at http://ow.ly/1AzNIP

# Call For Entries - Pivot East Mobile Apps Developer Conference

This second edition of East Africa’s regional mobile apps developer competition and conference will be held on June 5th and 6th in Nairobi. Eligible contestants for the competition will be individuals and companies domiciled in Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Kenya, Burundi and South Sudan. The pitching conference will have a rich audience of investors, development partners, telecoms operators and other industry players from East Africa and across the globe. For more details http://www.idisc.net/en/Article.39227.html

Fw: Top Ten ICT4D Conferences of 2012

E-mail sent by M Sirajul Islam, Monday, 9th January 2012 @ 4:21pm

Top Ten ICT4D Conferences of 2012

January 5, 2012 by Tony Roberts

Original source : http://laptopburns.wordpress.com/2012/01/05/top-ten-ict4d-conferences-2012/

It seems that we need some sort of clearing house for scheduling ICT4D conferences. A quick review of events already announced for 2012 reveals that we have some ICT4D Conference Clashes this year. If you are still planning your event then perhaps consider either avoiding the second half of March and May or maybe piggy-back on someone else’s event – by scheduling in the same town on the days immediately preceding of following an existing event – so that we can reduce the environmental and financial costs of attending international conferences.

Bring on the day when we can enjoy meaningful online participation of any ICT4D conferences. There are some aspects of face-to-face meetings that will never  be equaled online, but given that there are many more conferences happening every year than anyone can afford the time, money or carbon emissions to attend in person, it would be great to have the option of attending some events virtually.

…and this years Top Ten ICT4D Conferences are ….

Feb 28-29th, New Dehli, India: Mobiles for Development

Mar 12-15th, Atlanta, USA: ICTD 2012 - preceded on Mar 10-11th by co-located ACM DEV

Mar 19-23rd, Abuja, Nigeria: Idlelo5 – Free & Open Source Africa

Mar 21-24, Kampala, Uganda: ICT for Africa – eInclusion

May 14-18th, Geneva, Switzerland: WSIS Forum 2012

May 23-25th, Cotonou, Benin: e-Learning Africa

May 29-31st, Lausanne, Switzerland: Tech4Dev 2012

May 29th-Jun 1st, Cape Town, South Africa: Mobile Health Summit

Sep 5-6th, Kristiansand, Norway: IPID 2012 ICT4D Symposium

Nov 13-15th Kathmandu, Nepal: 6th ICT for Development & Education Conference

N.B. This draft, no doubt, contains errors or omissions so please let me know in the comments section below or at @phat_controller on twitter where amendments are required.

Thanks in advance.

- Tony Roberts

Call for Paper : IPID ICT4D Annual Symposium 2012, Kristiansand, Norway (5th - 6th Sept, 2012)

E-mail sent by M Sirajul Islam, Tuesday, 3rd January 2012 @ 7:38pm

Call for Paper : IPID ICT4D Symposium 2012

University of Agder (UiA), Kristiansand, Norway
Wednesday, 5th September 2012 at 9am - 4pm Thursday, 6th September

The 7th Annual Symposium of the International Network for Postgraduate Students in the area of ICT4D (IPID) will be held 5-6 September, 2012 at University of Agder (UiA), Kristiansand, Norway. IPID is a network of postgraduate students doing research in ICT4D and operates through inter alia support to doctoral and master students and increased visibility at international conferences. The network is administered by the School of Business (Informatics) at the Örebro University and funded by the SPIDER/SIDA.  

Like previous years, the 2012 symposium will provide postgraduate researchers with the opportunity to present their work to a diverse audience and gain valuable experience. It is also an opportunity for young scientists to network and engage with international ICT4D scholars . The symposium will consist of two parts - paper presentations and interactive panels focusing on both professional and academic related questions (e.g. getting published, working in the field of ICT4D, ethical and moral issues in ICT4D research and implications/possibilities of ICT for Development). The aim is to have creative and friendly days where we can discuss and help each other.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

•    Bridging the digital divide
•    Applications of ICT for development
•    Mobile technology for development
•    ICTs role in development practice
•    Theoretical frameworks
•    Methodological applications in ICTD research
•    Gender issues and ICT4D
•    Evaluation of ICT4D projects and research  
•    Sustainability and scalability of ICT4D projects

Paper submission

We ask for short papers and are interested in both practical and theoretical papers, completed as well as research in progress. Papers should be submitted in Word format and not exceed 3500 words. All papers will be reviewed by the organizing committee for quality and relevance. Please send your papers to M. Sirajul Islam (sirajul.islam@oru.se). So as to maximise the number of post-graduate papers at the conference, actual presentations will be restricted to 15 minutes.

All accepted papers will be published on the IPID website (http://www.ipid.se or http://www.electronicgovernment.se/ipid/).

Best paper awards

Up to three papers will be selected as the best papers of the symposium. Initial screening will be done by the organizing committee and then a panel of senior researchers within the field will select the best of the short-listed papers.

Panel suggestions

If you would like to convene a panel discussion, please send an email to M. Sirajul Islam (sirajul.islam@oru.se) stating the title of the panel, a short description and suggested panel members.

Keynote speakers

To be announced

Important dates

Deadline for paper submission : 2012-06-15
Notification of acceptance       : 2012-07-20
Early-bird registration ends     : 2012-08-15
Registration ends                 : 2012-08-30
Symposium                         : 5-6 September 2012

Registration:

To be announced

Travel grants

A limited number of travel grants will be awarded to the participants with accepted papers. Application details will be announced later.

Further enquiries

If you have any questions about this symposium, please contact any of the organizers below:

Organizing committee

- M. Sirajul Islam, IPID Coordinator (sirajul.islam@oru.se)
- Annika Andersson, Örebro University  (annika.andersson@oru.se)
- Mathias Hatakka, Örebro University (mathias.hatakka@oru.se)

- Dr. Devinder Thapa,  Research Fellow, Dept. of Information Systems, University of Agder, Norway (devinder.thapa@uia.no)
                      
Symposium Chair:

Åke Grönlund, Professor, Informatics,  Örebro University, School of Business, Sweden

IPID 7th International Annual Symposium 2012

  • Wednesday, 5th September 2012 at 8am - 5pm Thursday, 6th September
    Location: University of Agder (UiA), Kristiansand, Norway. Room nr HU-022, Ground floor, H-building, Campus Gimlemoen (close to the main entrance)

    List of participants with presentations are here.
    Some photos of this…


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